Little Fish Brewery offers 5 oz., $2 samplers, meaning you can go in and try a variety of beers to find out exactly what you like. Try these three to start before sampling the whole menu with insight from co-owners Shaun White and Jimmy Stockwell.
Saison du Poisson — 5 percent alcohol — Little Fish’s house ale was the first beer made and it’s brewed with organic spelt: a grain White wanted to use in Little Fish’s beer.
“Spelt has been called the grain of Ohio and I really like spelt,” White says. “It was an obvious choice for us. “
Reinheitsgewhat!? — 4.2 percent alcohol — Reinheisgewhat!?, Little Fish’s sour wheat beer, gets its name from the Reinheitsgebot, a 1516 Bavarian Purity law that said brewers could only use malt, water and hops in beer. Made with fruit instead of hops — hence the ‘what’ in the name — it’s bright yellow and in each sip, you can taste the zesty fruit and a calming chamomile finish. Unlike other sour beers, which can take a year to make, Reinheitsgewhat!? has a very short turnaround time.
“[Sours] are something we can really contribute to the Ohio brew scene,” Stockwell says. “We really want to have a sour on basically all the time.”
Lil’ Harvey’s Milk Stout — 4.8 percent alcohol — is named after White’s son Harvey. This stout is made with nitrogen and is smooth from start to finish. It tastes like a stout, but isn’t as bitter due to some added sugar. It is also lighter due to the nitrogen.
“Stouts on nitro are pretty awesome.” White says.